'Last Christmas' Should Have Been Delightful, But It Is Not

Lula Sharp
November 11, 2019

Emilia Clarke believes her upcoming festive film is anti-Brexit. He is as bubbly as she is depressed.

Not unlike Tom, Henry Golding seemed to come out of nowhere previous year, showing up as the lead in "Crazy Rich Asians" as his feature debut. She works at that Christmas shop owned by Santa (Michelle Yeoh, who is not at all the picture of what that name typically conjures, but go with it), a gaudy, tacky place that manages to keep the lights on by selling the silliest holiday junk one can imagine. Kate also opens up to Tom about a professional medical affliction that appears to have activated the extraordinary derailment of her grandiose everyday living options.

It's fantastic to consider that Yeoh, such a smooth comic presence here, was known early in her career purely as an action hero. At best, this tendency merits a mere eye roll; at worst, the film's laughably oversimplified politics - including lazy gestures at British anti-immigrant sentiment and a sequence involving homeless shelter residents, who are portrayed as hapless beneficiaries cheerily auditioning for a musical - are frustratingly reductive. We gradually learn that Kate's personality has taken a turn for the darker since she recovered from a serious illness that we learn about in stages.

I'm a Jewish guy that loves Christmas. He tucks her in and they kiss but they don't spend the night together. When Kate ultimately warms up to him and asks for his telephone amount, he tells her he still left his cellphone at property ... in the cabinet.

In the beginning Kate pushes back again on Tom's desire, insisting that he's not her variety, and a little creepy. However, the movie is just a literal incarnation of his song, "Last Christmas". So what? No one in the movie really matters other than Clark. You will probably guess the twist which takes a long time to reveal but the lesson to be glad you are alive and to change a sulking, glum, "I hate everything" personality is a worthy one. It is a romantic comedy set during the Christmas season and frankly, I can't wait.

Playing fetch with a Beluga whale
As you can see in the video, it happily goes after the ball and returns it to the crew before tossing it out again for another go.


While the casting was praised for its diversity, critics felt that Clarke and Golding lacked chemistry, with Empire describing the pairing as "damp". Last Christmas needs more than its fair share; there's a lot of fancy wrapping here, with sparkling ribbons and bows. It would make a fine date movie or a trip to the Cineplex with your besties.

Last Christmas is moviemaking as a Top Chef challenge. There are a few slow sections and, if it weren't for the excellent actors, it could be a Hallmark or Lifetime romance movie on TV but we can rate it three stars.

However, a chance encounter with a charming (and gorgeous) stranger Tom (Henry Golding), begins to shift her perspective slowly.

One of the things that makes Paul Feig an interesting storyteller is his ability to subvert expectations, and tell a story that isn't exactly the one you thought you were going to get.

Last Christmas is in cinemas across Australia now, so you can decide for yourself: Fave or flop? Let everyone know with a comment!

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